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. this is "studio b." it is the bottom the hour. time for the top of the news. the united nations secretary-general said today that syria's 20 month long civil war has reached new and appalling heights of brow -- brutality. both sighteds have stepped up attacks in more than -- with more than four million in need of humanitarian aid. syrian jets bombed rebel targets near the damascus airport as major middle east airlines continue to suspend flights into the syrian capital. the interpret is down for a second day. the syrian government blames "terrorists." the activists say syrian civil war led to the deaths of more than 40,000. and now live to conor. this is getting serious and it is reportedly the biggest communications outage since it began. >>reporter: yes. that is right. according to international analysts they say 90 90 percentf the internet connections are down in syria. it is overwhelmingly likely that it was the assad regime that cut the communication devices. there are a couple of possibilities. some analysts say it is possible the regime will launch a large scale military offensive.
minute history expected to be made at the united nations. palestinians on the verge of gaining a new status at the u.n. but the u.s. isn't so happy about this one. we'll take you there live next. ♪ ♪ ...could end with adding a close friend. ♪ the lexus december to remember sales event is on, offering some of our best values of the year. this is the pursuit of perfection. >>> u. (voting at this hour on whether to make palestine a nonmember observer state. just a latest chapter in the effort to become a status. >> reporter: the final rally before heading to new york. palestinian president abbas addressing supporters in ramallah. the final decision to head to the united nations tomorrow he says to enhance the position of palestine to an observer state in the united nations and it is the first step to achieve all our national palestinian rights. if the palestinians win a majority in the u.n. general assembly the u.n. will recognize palestine as a nonmember observer state like the vatican, the territory to include the west bank, gaza and east jerusalem. >> for the world to begin to
at the united nations to upgrade the palestinian authority status to nonmember observer state, full statehood still may be an allusive dream. with me to talk about his people's hopes and difficulties is palestinian prime minister salam fayyad. he's in washington to attend the 2012 saban forum on u.s./israel relations. it's my understanding you were against this at first. is that true? and if so, how do you feel now? >> no. i never was against it. as a matter of fact, i was very much a part of the thinking -- >> did you think it was time now? or some time down in the future? >> given the frustrations that we palestinians have had with the political process, it has not been productive. there's no question that we needed to pursue any and all available options to us. and the international law -- with the national diplomacy. and this was one of them. the question for me all along was how best to do it. provide us with some leverage going forward because what we really want end of day is genuine state where our people can live as free people with dignity. >> at the end we were just talking in the
.t.u., a branch of the united nations. and some want to give it new powers. several countries see the internet as a tool for political and/or economic control that they want to exploit. for example, russia's putin has openly stated his intention to seek, and i'm quoting, international control over the internet using the monitoring and supervisory capabilities of the i.t.u., end quote. and just last week, the syrian government shut off internet access as the regime sought top suppress the free exchange of information among its private citizens. but it's because the internet is the ultimate tool of political and economic liberation that we should foster and protect it, not give those who fear its impact on politics and the economy the power to repress its continued innovation and untapped potential. i also want to make an important point about our legitimacy in the fight to keep the internet thrive democratic and decentralized. unfortunately, we did undermine our credibility when the federal communications commission imposed net neutrality regulations without the proper statutory authority to do
the palestinians prejudged everything by going to the united nations and getting them effectively declared as a state. in the same way they say the israeli government is now doing the same thing, taking the land and effectively removing it from the peace negotiations with the palestinians. it's a very sensitive political move, very controversial. the one that israelis say they will go ahead with and build these homes. of course it will take several years. >> martin, the overwhelming vote in the united nations to change the wording, if you will, of the palestine as being an entity observer rather to an observer state, i mean with all of the dialogue and the hopes about building two states living side by side, how much does that wording make a difference? and what's the reaction been there? >> well you know, as you suggest the wording is so slight, the difference is so slight certainly it's mostly symbolic. there's no doubt that until the palestinians get their own state, any phrasing in the united nations is symbolic. it does give a real practical relationship between the palestinians and t
, to the mayhem. >>> all right. other news, the united nations has overwhelmingly approved recognition of a palestinian state. that's a move fiercely opposed by the u.s. and by israel. however, in the west bank, fireworks went off and the celebration was on. the vote upgraded palestine to a nonmember, nonvoting observer status at the u.n. the palestinian delegation unfurled its flag right there on the floor of the general assembly. the u.s., israel, and allies oppose the vote saying it was all premature. >>> the american soldier accused of leaking a trove of classified documents to wikileaks will be questioned in a military court again today. private first-class bradley manning took the stand in a pretrial hearing yesterday making his first public statement since his arrest two years ago. manning wants his case thrown out, claiming he suffered unlawful punishment during his first year in detention. >>> there are reports of a settlement in a sex scandal that made international headlines. no details yet on the agreement between former international monetary fund chief dominique strauss-k
. the united nations with a dose of reality for president assad. >> whoever commits violation of human rights must be held accountable and should be brought to justice. >> the gas is a colorless and odorless gas. >>> plenty ahead. weather and traffic and all your top stories. fox 5 morning news at 4:30 starts now. good morning to you. it is thursday, or as some people like to call, it friday eve. it is a little bit chilly outside this morning. we expect that because it is almost christmas time, almost winter time. good morning to you. i'm wisdom martin. sarah simmons has the day off. let's talk about this with gwen. i know the not officially winter yet. but in our minds, winter time. >> i think the minute you hit the month of december, you start to feel like it is supposed to be really cold. and those 70-degree days, that was just a little bit of a tease, i think. but, yeah, we're back to reality, folks. prepare yourself and dress accordingly. not a lot of clouds this morning. yesterday, we had a lot of clouds and even some precipitation. here is a look at your current temperature. reagan nat
for the united states at the united nations. certainly the u.s. is the primary backer of israel. this vote is really a message to the united states that it's support of israel isn't going to be tolerated at the united nations. it puts a lot of pressure on the united states to get these parties back to the table and hammer out a deal as the main mediator in the peace process. >> thank you. >> it is eight minutes past the hour. egypt's assembly passed a new rushed draft constitution. the 85-member mostly muslim brotherhood assembly passed 234 articles. the draft will be presented to morsi and approved by the egyptian people. the language is open to interpretation and may allow conservative islamists to impose a version of law. human rights groups say it's full of holes. the proposed constitution has an anger against the expanded presidential powers. >>> the supreme court will decide whether to tackle same-sex marriage. they will consider requests to review cases. a violation of the constitutions equal protection revisions. they only recognize marriages between a man and woman. it's also cons
different subject, united nations to upgrade palestinian status to a non-member observer state. clear slap in the face to the u.s. and israel and two of only 9 companies to vote against the new palestinian resolution. 138 countries voted in favor of giving palestinian the upgraded status and what happens now? the question, are we going to give them money for this upgraded status? let's ask john boulton, former u.s. ambassador to the united nations. he joins us on the phone. it's very simple, ambassador, are we going to be paying for palestinian? >> well, i think it's going to come in very short order, this vote won't do it, but, you know, this is part of the effort by the palestinian authority over the years to pretend that it's actually a state, and to justify more assistance, i think it will try and use u.n. channels more effectively to get money and may well join other u.n. specialized agencies now that the general assembly said it's the state. ab you know, israel and the state department have tried to play down yesterday's vote, but i'm afraid unlike a lot of u.n. votes which truly are
to close well above 13,021. the nasdaq rose 20 points to close at 3,012. the united nations general assembly voted today to recognize palestine as a non- member observer state. the tally was 138 to nine, with 41 abstentions. the u.s. voted no. it came after palestinian president mahmoud abbas appealed to the world body to issue the birth certificate of palestine. >> we did not come here seeking to delegitimize a state established years ago, and that is israel. rather, we came to affirm the legitimacy of a state that must now achieve its independence, and this is palestine. >> sreenivasan: palestinians said the vote would strengthen their hand in future peace talks with israel. but the israeli ambassador to the u.n., ron prosor, warned that the palestinians are turning their backs on peace. >> for as long as president abbas prefers symbolism over reality, as long as he prefers to travel to new york for u.n. resolutions rather than travel to jerusalem for genuine dialogue, any hope of peace will be out of reach. >> sreenivasan: meanwhile, a bipartisan group of u.s. senators said today
the united nations endorsed an independent state of palestine. [shouting] those are the celebrations in the streets of the west bank in gaza but the euphoria may not last because that vote at the u.n. is mostly symbolic. the palestinians still divided by competing governments, different governments in gaza than the west bank. israel keeping control of the borders. david lee miller is live in jerusalem. what is the israeli reaction to this, david lee? >> reporter: bill, here's the front page of an israeli newspaper. it says simply in hebrew, the world decided on the front page is the approximately stin president mahmoud abbas. shortly after he spoke yesterday at the united nations benjamin netanyahu wasted no time to say his speech was nothing but propaganda. under the u.n. vote the palestinians will become nonvoting observer state status at the united nations with borders reverting back to what was originally in place in 1967. now this resolution essentially means that on paper at least, jerusalem is going to be divided and under this resolution, the western wall, one of the holiest
an historic vote at the united nations. my guess says it's a game changer. i'll talk to the first woman elected to the palestinian legislative council. shopping for medicare coverage? don't wait. open enrollment ends december 7th. now's the time to take action. call unitedhealthcare today. celebrations after palestinians win a vote at the united nations. it's a vote that gives them a state up grade and is being seen as a possible step towards official statehood. it had been planned before eight days of fighting erupted in gaza. 138 countries voted yes. 41 abstained. only nine voted against the status change. leaving the no votes for israel and the united states. here's palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas at the united nations. >> we did not come here seeking to delegitimize a state established years ago. and that is israel. rather, we came to affirm the legitimacy of a state that must now achieve its independence, and that's palestine. >> we're joined from ramallah in the west bank. what does this u.n. vote mean? some thought it was symbolic, but it seemed to me much more than
threat to the united states' national security. as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, i got asked that all the time. i answered in two words: our debt. i think i surprised him. today 15 former senior national security officials who served across eight presidential administrations have formed a coalition to stress the need for elected officials to act. for not only has the passage of time exacerbated some of the economic problems, it has revealed a perhaps equally-dangerous political one. our inability to grapple with pressing fiscal challenges represents nothing less than a crisis in our democratic order. compounding the instability and unpredictability in a volatile world. our propositions for this coalition are simple. the national security of the united states depends on its economic health. that health must be insured by averting the immediate crises and by laying the groundwork for a rigorous, long-term program of debt reduction, smart investment, economic growth and lower income inequality. in national security spending, we can target investments much more efficiently in res
as the united nations and arab league special envoy last summer when mr. annan left. he is trying desperately to try to put together some kind of a diplomatic game plan to put an end to the civil war in syria and to inspire a complete political transition. so this was his initiative to try to bring these two senior officials together. >> pelley: if we're at a crucial moment here, how much has the u.s. actively engage with opposition groups in syria and should it they be more engaged? >> the u.s. is actively engaged with the syrian opposition both inside syria or at least with contacts with group inside syria and with the external pop sigs as well. the united states played an important role in encouraging the opposition to form a new national coalition which does appear indeed to be quite representative of the opposition. >> brown: how much are we able to control the flow of arms and supplies inside? are we able to pick the good guys and the bad guys? the potential winners and losers? how much do we play a role there? >> i suspect, jeff, that we know a lot more now than we would have known 90
the united nations peace envoy for syria. that meeting is expected to happen later today in dublin. the military there has reportedly begun loading aerial bombs with a deadly nerve gas. this meeting signals fresh hopes of a breakthrough to end syria's 21-month civil war. >>> new this morning, d.c. firefighters are trying to figure out what sparked the flames at an apartment building in southeast washington. this fire started around 1:30 along minnesota avenue. fortunately, no one was hurt. we're told at least three families had to find another place to sleep. >>> this morning, d.c. police are trying to figure out what led to a stabbing in front of the australian embassy. this happened just after 10:00 last night. police tell us a man was stabbed in the side and was conscious and breathing when they arrived. there's no word this morning on the man's condition or any arrests. >>> people in one part of prince george's county are getti intins flier in efforts of finding a teen's killer. the victim pictured is 14-year-old elezer reyes. he was with two gang members when he was killed yes
endorsement yesterday when the united nations general assembly voted to upgrade its status to non-member state. >> but the united states and israel strongly, strongly oppose this resolution, claiming the unilateral move is no substitute for direct negotiations with israel. cnn foreign affairs reporter elise labott has more on this developing story in washington at the united nations and the middle east. >> good morning, john. as we said the vote is really a global endorsement of the establishment of a palestinian state. and it gives the palestinians a bit of hope and a bit of dignity after so many decades of occupation that a state is actually possible. let's take a listen to what palestinian president mahmoud abbas said after the vote yesterday. >> we did not come here seeking to legitimize a state established years ago. and that is israel. rather, we came to affirm the legitimacy of a state that must now achieve its independence, and that is palestine. >> but the u.s. is calling it an empty gesture because it doesn't really give the palestinians what they want. anything on the ground isn't l
. the united nations general assembly overwhelmingly backing a resolution to upgrade the status of palestinians, so why is the u.s. government dead set against this? we'll show you why. andle your l. maybe you have questions about incorporating a business you'd like to start. or questions about protecting your family with a will or living trust. and you'd like to find the right attorney to help guide you along, answer any questions and offer advice. with an "a" rating from the better business bureau legalzoom helps you get personalized and affordable legal protection. in most states, a legal plan attorney is available with every personalized document to answer any questions. get started at legalzoom.com today. and now you're protected. for the latest smartphone. you wanna see if walmart has the same phone, for less? let's see! samsung galaxy s3 --- you could save over $50. no way! and -- you get a $100 gift card. are you serious?! yes! see for yourself how much you can save on the smartphones you want for christmas. walmart. try this... bayer? this isn't just a headache. trust me, this is new b
homes in the west bank and east jerusalem. he made that announcement a day after the united nations voted to recognize palestine as an observer state. >>> a los angeles judge denied a legal bid to remove the trailer of an anti muslim film from youtube. that film sparked violence in september. one of the actresses filed saying the film maker lied to her and said her voice was dubbed over after filming. >> the national guard is renaming a bay area armory in honor of a fallen soldier. a ceremony will be held at ten. it'll be renamed in honor of the specialist shaun walsh. he was killed by enemy fire last year in afghanistan. >>> another honor awaits the boy scout denied eagle scout status because he is gay. he will be honored at monday's opening session of the state assembly. john perez wants to pay tribute to his bravery and his family has been gathering signatures to ask the boy scouts to change its policy. >> the court could decide on whether it'll take up the issue of gay marriage as soon as monday. the justices met behind closed doors but didn't take any action on proposition ei
this into an abortion debate is wrong on substance and bad politics. as to the united nations, i've heard people people say that ratifying the convention would take decisions out of parents' hands and let the u.n. or the federal government decide what's best for our children and that's just wrong. the treaty doesn't give the federal government or any state government new powers. with regard to children with disabilities and the treaty cannot be used as a basis for a lawsuit in state or federal court. former attorney general dick thornburgh made this crystal clear in his testimony before the senate foreign relations committee and in every conversation i've had with him. i would support the treaty if -- i wouldn't support the treaty if it were any other way. let's take a step back and look how this looks if america jeects this treaty. china has joined, russia has joined. we are the country that set the standards on rights for the -- of the disabled. we want everybody to play by international rules. we lose credibility if we turn around and refuse to participate in a treaty that merely asks other nations
to maintain that freedom. we don't want the united nations control oferte internet. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady fromtown tfpblet mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. we have no further speakers, and as i close i want to thank ms. eshoo for the leadership that she has given. she's the ranking member of the telecommunications and internet subcommittee. i also want to draw attention to the outstanding work that representative mary bono mack did as she led the debate and the discussion and pushed for the resolution authored the resolution that the house passed earlier on this very issue. i also want to thank her for her work with senator rubio and having a resolution that would be agreed to by both chambers. as ms. eshoo indicated errier, the senate resolution makes a technical change, a small technical change in the resolution that was passed by the house. . this is where the u.s. needs to stand firm. it's how we can stand firm for freedom. i encourage the passage of this resolution, and i encourage that we as a body
and only, cheerios ♪ >>> there's a senate vote tomorrow on united nations disabilities treaty. >> approved by 126 countries, would promote equal rights and better treatment for the disabled. >>> unavailable and unifying. this proposal could not be matched. even current rivals put aside their differences for it. >> senator mccain -- >> thank you very much, mr. secretary. >> ah? a little good natured ribbing. i'm sure kerry had a comeback. >> thank you very much, mr. president. >> mccain teased you about a job you might get, and -- you hit him with the failure of his life. it's like -- it's like mccain nudged him in the ribs. mccain nudged kerry in the ribs. uh-huh mr. secretary. kerry turned around and stabbed him in the back. >>> became an auntentrepreneur at 14. daniel ek. listen to music, share it for free. more than 15 million users and 18 million songs. daniel ek joins us now. welcome. >> thank you very much. >> how do you characterize the musical application? social media? what is it? >> it's really a music app, but music, we think music is the most
in. >>> well, after the united nations voted to declare palestinian territories a nonmember observer state, this historic victory gives palestinians reason to cheer, to celebrate. it also came as a bit of a disappointment to the united states and israel, which opposed the measure. >>> well, the fda is advising concerned consumers to stop taking the generic form lipitor if their pills are part of a group that's been recalled. a pharmaceutical company recalled 41 lots of the cholesterol-lowering drug three weeks ago after specks of glass were found in some of the bottles. >>> well, there's a lot of finger-pointing on capitol hill as the fiscal cliff looms now just 32 days away. house speaker john boehner says no progress has been made in two weeks of talks, and republicans want the white house to come up with significant spending cuts. senate democratic leader harry reid responded to boehner saying, quote, i don't understand his brain, unquote. >>> when those talks over the fiscal cliff seem to be heading towards a stalemate but do the capitol hill theatrics tell the whole story? here'
: remember that, kids. >> gretchen: okay. let's get to your headlines now because the united nations overwhelmingly voting for the first time to recognize the state of palestine. sounds of people celebrating on the west bank. the general assembly officially changed the palestinian status from u.n. observer -- did you know they had all these terms? they're not an otherrer. now they're a nonmember observer state. the united states and israel both voting against it. >> palestine is not a state. that's a fact. when the u.n. engages in this kind of activity, it just shows a real lack of administration commitment to stop it from happening. >> gretchen: israeli prime minister netanyahu says that the vote violates past agreements. >> brian: getting the sense we were outvoted? frustrations boiling over for cents in staten island, new york, who went begging fema for help in the wake of super storm sandy. they got no heat and nowhere to live and felt their calls were unanswered. >> you sit there and laugh! you think it's a jo
to resume today. >>> and in a diplomatic defeat for the u.s. and israel, the united nations has voted overwhelmingly to recognize palestine as a nonmember observer state. although it will not have a vote at the u.n. table, palestine celebrating its upgraded status. you can see here. it could allow palestinians to gain access to the international criminal court. and so, seek war crimes charges against israel. u.s. officials call the u.n.'s recognition a new obstacle to peace. >>> and at this hour, much of syria is now cut off from the outside world, as the bloody civil war there intensifies. internet service has been down for more than 24 hours. no planes are flying into or out of the capital, damascus. cell phone service also down. government and rebel forces blame each other for the outages. >>> finally, turns out even michael jordan can't break all the rules. a miami country club, at least attempted to show the six-time nba champion the door, banning him because he dared to wear cargo shorts that had many pockets on them, violating a bermuda short only dress code. jordan was on the
says steph, i can't believe the 38 republican senators who voted against the united nations treaty to protect the rights of the disabled. this is like a christmas carol. there's poor bob dole off his deathbed in a wheelchair -- >> he's been ill yeah. >> stephanie: last week he was reported to be not doing well. >> slapping him on the back. no, we aren't going to vote for it. it is crazy. >> stephanie: a christmas carol. they're so mean. i hope they say hello to the dodo birds. >> they're pushing bob dole over a cliff in his wheelchair. >> stephanie: caroline says one of their excuses that threatened american sovereignty and the endangered home schooling because it would allow american government to impose new laws on disabled home school children. there is no wording that hints that either one of those things could be true. for some of the senators, the real reasoning was because they believe the treaty is part of a vast conspiracy. >> vast conspiracy to tell us that the world is round. everybody knows th
, the united nations says that 3,000 civilians were killed from january through july. >> so who would you say is behind the insecurity? is it al qaeda? the taliban, or someone else? >> part of the insecurity is coming from terrorism. part of the insecurity is coming to us from the structures that america created in afghanistan in the private security firms. the contractors that they promoted at the cost of afghan people. and the way they behaved with afghan people and the anger that has caused in the afghan people, and the resulting insecurity. >> would you say you believe that some of these would be intentional insecurity brought by nato in the united states? >> there is a very strong perception that some of that insecurity is intentional, yes. >> reporter: and when i asked him if he trusted the united states' motives in afghanistan he said, once bitten, twice shy. natalie? >> thanks so much, atia. >>> a new york city homeless man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man pushed in front of a subway train. 30-year-old naeem davis is being held without bail. he served t
of these foreign national students trained in these stem fields to stay here in the united states and help create jobs here in the united states. this bill actually goes a step further, and what it does is it provides them a green card, a green card, which is the first step toward a path to citizenship. if you believe that this is a self-inflicted wound on our economy, you're exactly right, our current policy. we're educating brilliant students and then compelling them to go to work in shanghai or singapore rather than san antonio or the silicon valley. meanwhile, we're handing out tens of thousands of diversity visas to immigrants chosen by a random lottery, without regard to any qualifications they might when it comes to job creation and entrepreneurship. it makes absolutely no sense. i believe we need an immigration policy that serves our national interest. and if there's one thing that we need more than anything else now is we need job creators and entrepreneurs in the united states. and we know in the -- in the global economy, it's people with the special skills in science, technology, engin
to their countries to build those nations, and we want that to continue. we want them to come to the united states of america and go back to their country and foster democracy and good will. so many of them do that. but not all the 29,000 stay here. so what happens? you eliminate 50,000 visas. you say we're going to give you 55,000. you know you only can use 29,000. it's a net loss. the people on the other side of the aisle keep telling us, why don't they come through the legal way? why don't they come through the legal way? why do they always have to go under, around? they should come here legally. because we're for legal immigration. not today you're for legal immigration, because in the end you reduce the ability of people to come legally to the united states of america, and that is the diversity program, a program that allows. and lastly, let me just be very, very clear. . when we look at this and talk about the continent of africa, we think it's important that every continent of the world be able to come here and contribute to the great nation that is because that is the diversity in the grea
getting a response from the white house. the national security council saying in part we reiterate our long opposition to settlements and east jerusalem construction. direct negotiations remain the goal of the united states. >>> tens of thousands of protesters crowd the streets of cairo after president morsi draft as new constitution overnight. we'll get a live report and what's next for ambassador susan rice after her week of meetings on capitol hill to try to end the back and forth over benghazi? we'll get the political postscript with mark murray. be sure to check out the news nation tumbler page. you'll find lots of behind the scenes -- there's one right there. it's news nation.tumbler.com. wasn't my daughter's black bean soup spectacular? [ man thinking ] oh, this gas. those antacids aren't working. oh no, not that, not here! [ male announcer ] antacids don't relieve gas. gas-x is designed to relieve gas. gas-x. the gas xperts. gas-x is designed to relieve gas. music is a universal language. but when i was in an accident... i was worried the health care system spoke a language all
look inside the war. >> reporter: in the hospital's intensive care unit the men can't speak but their injuries do. >> pelley: today the first state in the nation has legalized marijuana for recreational use, leaving cops and citizens with lots of questions. john blackstone clears the air. and what town has the winningest football team in the nation? wyatt andrews takes us to a community on hard times now riding high. >> one two, three. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. whether the u.s. enters the war in syria appears to be up to the dictator b
brokered by the u.s. there has been an effort to enlarge and unite the coalition of free syrian forces, national coalition -- britain has recognized a group. france has recognized a group. it looks like next week the u.s. will recognize it. this will allow us to send more aid primarily humanitarian but also likely given where we are increased military aid to them which is now going through third parties like qatr. the bad news is these groups run the spectrum. they include al-qaeda-like forces. so two of the military bases that have fallen in recent weeks, two rebel forces have fallen to al-qaeda-like militias who have taken over. so unfortunately, what you're likely to see is after assad falls, then the real chaos begins. then you'll see fighting between the militia groups, some of which are definitely opposed to the united states and everything we stand for. >> bill: there is enough of a core, you believe? >> so that's the game right now. can you beef up those? can you increase those. so you actually -- i'm not m
a former chief justice of the connecticut supreme court, a former united states attorney, several partners at major connecticut and national law firms, an academic, business leaders and community leaders throughout the state. their insights and hard work throughout the process were really invaluable to my colleague from connecticut and i, and i express on this floor my gratitude to them for their service. based on the work of the advisory panel and our review of its recommendations, senator blumenthal and i recommended michael shea to the president for nomination. i will say that michael was ranked very high among the applicants, highly qualified applicants for this position by all members of the advisory panel, and i should say here right at the outset that we are grateful to president obama for nominating him for this place on our court. michael shea is a native of west hartford, connecticut, a graduate of amherst college and yale law school, served as a clerk to judge james buckley, though a resident of connecticut, sat on the u.s. court of appeals for the district of columbia. michael
for a new inauguration. >> and the president of the united states is once again barack obama. ♪ america ♪ >> and time for a new sexy liberal. >> not a victory but a celebration of freedom. >> no, a new sexy liberal show. >> january 19th inauguration weekend in our nation's capitol in warner theaterrer the sexy liberal makes it's 2013 debut. >> including hal sparks, john fugelsang and aiesha taylor, and stephanie miller, the long awaited washington, d.c. stephanie miller sexy liberal show at the warner theater january 19th. >> thank you rocky mountain mike. >> wow! >> the who will not be there. >> no, but all four sexy liberals. >> it's another sexy liberal palooza. we had to go out with a bang, so we have to come in with a bang. ann said a cousin of mine works at the tech crew and said you're going to be making another sexy liberal trip. how did you get the warner on inauguration? springsteen could not get it when he wanted to have a concert. you guys are superstars. ann thank you. >> it's so huge i want to see it's birth certificate. >> stephanie: what? >> i don't know. >> stephanie:
are united as a united states of america, as senator menendez has said. hurricane sandy's scale and scope of destruction made it one of the largest national disasters to affect our nation leaving millions of people in the tristate region without homes or electricity and costing tens of billions of dollars in damages to governments, businesses and residents. the sweep and depth of destruction and human impact and financial effect was simply staggering, and our response now has to match its historic magnitude. we need to think big and act big with urgency and vision. right away, short term, we must redouble our efforts to reduce the personal costs and property damage of this storm and ore storms -- other storms, and longer view the path toward enlightened protection and preparation must include infrastructure improvements that may seem massive, but they are well needed and te -- deserved, such has been done with stanford, connecticut's floodgate repairs, steps to stop flooding on the river and electric security measures such as the establishment of microgrids and increased availability of g
or tornadoes or earthquakes around the country. we are united, as a united states of america as senator menendez has said. hurricane azande's scale and scope of destruction made it one of the largest national disasters to affect our nation leaving millions of people in the tristate region without homes or electricity and costing tens of billions of dollars in damages to governments, businesses, and residence. the sweat -- the suite of destruction and human impact and financial impact was simply staggering, and our response now has to match. we need to think big and act paid with urgency and division right away. short term. we must redouble our efforts to reduce the personal cost and property damage of the storm and other storms and long review the path toward enlightened protection and preparation must include infrastructure improvements. m.a.c. massive, but they are well needed and deserved such as has been done with stanford, connecticut floodgate repairs, steps to stop flooding on the plus atomic river and electricity security measures such as the establishment of micrograms and incr
this zero sum-game splash and instead leads the nation in ways that only one person can do. that is the president of the united states. house republicans are prepared to get to yes. house republicans are not prepared to get to foolish. and it is foolish to reject president obama's own self-described architecture of $3 -- or $3 in spending cuts for every $1 in new revenue. so we're prepared to work and we call on the white house to do the same thing. >> speaker boehner, president obama -- [inaudible] the fox news poll after the november election said 60% of voters supported this going up. a new poll in "the washington post" says 53% of americans -- [inaudible] how long can you afford politically to have this hard line on those tax cuts for those making $250,000 or above? >> america faces a very serious problem. and our goal is to make sure it gets solved. we have a debt problem that is out of control. we've got to cut spending and i believe it's appropriate to put revenues on the table. now, the revenues we're putting on the table are going to come from, guess who? the rich.
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to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, november 30, 2012. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable christopher a. coons, a senator from the state of delaware, to perform the duties of the chai. signed: daniel k. inouye, president pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: following leader remarks, the senate will resume consideration of the defense authorization act. there will be four roll call votes at 9:30 a.m. i ask unanimous consent that all votes after the first vote be 10 minutes in duration. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: mr. president, this week something rare occurred here in the senate. we debated a bill under regular order. no filibusters were mounted, no cloture motions were filed on the motion to proceed. th
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